St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Bone Marrrow Scan

A Bone Marrow Scan localises sites of infection within bone marrow.

What will happen when you have your Bone Marrow Scan

When you arrive in the Nuclear Medicine department you will be given a small injection of a radioactive tracer into a vein in your arm. You will then be required to wait for approximately 30 minutes. Following this, images will be obtained and these will take approximately 1 hour. Occasionally additional imaging will be required 3hours later. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist will discuss this with you if it is required.

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

You will not be required to undress for the scan. The scan is performed with the Gamma Camera close to your body but you do not go through a “tunnel”.

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • You will need an appointment for this test
  • Please inform booking staff if you are or think you could be pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • You can eat and drink as normal before the test
  • You can take your medications as normal
  • You will be in the department for approximately 2 hours
  • Please bring any previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment
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